Monday, April 28, 2014

Bienvenidos a Mochis!!!

So, you can probably guess, I've been transferred to Los Mochis!  I'm so excited!!  I'm really happy that I got to go to Mochis.  It's great here!  A lot prettier than Obregon, a lot more green!  Still a complete desert and all, but better!!  It's also not as hot!  Don't get me wrong, it's still suuuuper hot!  And it's a lot more humid here, so we actually sweat more...  But that's just life!

My new companion is Hermana Mendez.  She is sooo sweet!  And there's 2 more companionships in the ward, so there's 6 hermanas total serving in my ward.  It's about triple the size of my last ward though, which only had about 55 active members.  I know one of the other companionships, and the 4 of us really just hit it off today!  We are going to have soo much fun!

I am sad to leave Obregon though!  Things were great there!  But it was time for me to leave!  It was so sweet though!  My last saturday, Marisol was baptized!  The rest of her family all want to be baptized, they just can't yet.  In a bit more time, they'll be able to though!  It was soo cute and sweet!  The whole family is adorable!

Saturday was a little crazy though!  About 30 minutes before the service was supposed to start, we realized that while the font was supposed to have been filling up with water, the water in the whole building stopped working and there was only about 3 inches of water in the font.  There were 2 baptisms, 30 minutes away, people were already there, and later that night, there was supposed to be more from different wards.  We were all going crazy trying to figure out how to get water!  There were investigators there and some hermanas ran to go find buckets to fill the font by hand, and we were calling people  to help!  Greatfully, the elders got the water to start working again, and everything went perfectly from then on!  It was so sweet!

Things are going good though!  I love being here and doing the work of the Lord!  I'm super excited for this new transfer and for everything!!

Love you all tons!!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Just a quick hi from Mexico!

So this is just gonna be a quick little letter.  Today I went to guaymus again for my visa with a bunch of other missionaries.  It was soo fun!!!  But we weren´t able to write until now, so....

But this week has been good!  I still can´t believe that this is my last week in this transfer!  We´re all making predictions of what will happen, but who knows!  The mission also is getting 10 new sisters and 1 elder.  I think that by June, there will be more sisters than elders serving in this mission, which is CRAZY!!!  When I got here, there weren´t even enough sisters to train the rest of the sisters, but that´s all changing!

We´re preparing for the baptism of the daughter of an investigator for this Sat.  She´s 11 years old, and is soooo sweet!  Her mom can´t be baptized right now, but she´s going to, and her sister will be 8 in June and can´t wait to be baptized.  The whole family is just sooo cute and after a bit more time, everyone should be able to be baptized!

Ok, well gotta go!  I love you all so much!

Monday, April 14, 2014

4 Months!

Well... Hola!!!

I hope everyone's doing well!!  Just in case you're wondering, I'm doing fine!!

More than fine actually.  I'm having the time of my life!!

At the end of this week I complete 4 months as a missionary.  Yeah - I'm shocked.  Where has the time gone, and what has happened!!  I can't believe this!  I'm sad because  I don't want the time to go fast, but this transfer is already almost ending!  On the other hand, so much seems to have happened in so little time.  I think that's what's really shocking me.  It seems like I haven't written in forever!  I haven't even thought about it, but it feels like I could have skipped a few mondays of writing in between.  That's how much happens in a week here! 

Ok, question:  what's the weather like in Utah right now?  Because here, summer is coming!  The heat really isn't here yet, but everyone's saying that it's a lot hotter than it was last year and that the summer is coming.  I'm pretty sure the bottoms of my feet are going to be burning through my shoes.  Already  the ground is crazy hot, but it's supposed to be worse.  Don't know how I'm going to live exactly... :)

We did move!!  It's a good thing that we don't spend much time in our house during the day though!  We moved into an apartment that's above another house, and it gets hot!  It's nice though!  We have a normal bathroom, and there's even a window to the kitchen in the shower if we're feeling hungry!  Broma!!  Jajaja!  No, but seriously...  I can't wait for wednesday though!  right now we have 2 full size beds, but they're in different rooms, so our sleeping arangements have been a bit funny!  So wednesday some Elders are finally going to help us rearrange the furniture and then we can finally unpack and settle in! Just in time for our last week of the transfer!  This transfer I haven't ever fully unpacked my suitcases...  Crazy stuff!

The house is good though!  It's pink and yellow!!  My companion's favorite color, and mine!!  Perfecta!  jajaja!  And we have to climb the (bright yellow) stairs everyday, so I'm getting a bit more excercise!  Someday I'll get up early and we'll go for a run... someday... :)

The work has been good here though!!  We probably won't be having any baptisms this month though.  One investigator hasn't been to church in weeks and the other has lots of other issues but LOVES the church, and so do her children, which is great!!  We've found lots of great investigators though!!  If we work really hard and things keep going the way that they are now, mayo is going to be an incredible month here for barrio mayo!!  probably just jynxed it though...

But wow!!  This is amazing!!  Watching and helping people learn and grow and change is so incredible!!  I love seeing how what we're teaching affects others and how they come to know of the truth of it all.  It really is incredible!!

I have learned and changed a ton this past week too!!!  I have loved this week!!

Today, we went to the zoo here!!!  They sell carrots and you can feed all the animals with your hand!  of course I lost it with the cows!!    I also fed a black bear with my hand!!!  And a girraffe, and lots of monkeys!!  Actually, I was holding a carrot just out of reach of a monkey for a picture of him reaching to me, and he lost patience and next thing I know, his tail snatched the carrot from me!!  I also fed a huge wolf!!  Lots of animals!!!  So much fun!!!

Ok, well I love you all sooo much!!!

- Hermana Skeen :)

April 7 Email

Well... Hola!!!

So, first of all, I don't know what happened to my email last week...  I thought I sent it, but I honestly can't find it anymore, so sorry if you didn't get it! 

I can't believe how fast time goes!  This transfer is half over!!!

So, quick update - we're moving again!  So our house wasn't actually in our area and it wasn't the best, so we've been keeping our eyes open for some houses for rent.  We've actually found a few that are perfect, and we got the ok to move, so we should be moved this week.  We were going to be moving today, but that didn't happen, so maybe tomorrow we'll have to...  Anyways, that's good! 

We spent a lot of time with our zone this week.  Friday we had zone conference, and then Saturday and Sunday was GENERAL CONFERENCE!  Which the whole stake watches together in the stake center.  Gratefully, that's our chapel, so we don't even have to go far to watch!  And in the past the missionaries were only allowed to watch if they had investigators, but this time, everyone could watch no matter what.  We actually had 1 investigator come, who has a baptismal date, but she's not going to be able to be baptized...so that's a let down...  But it's pretty funny because hardly anyone but the missionaries wen't to conference on saturday.  The stake president and his family, a few other people, and all the missionaries in our zone. 

I didn't catch too much of General Conference though.  I was pretty sick and out of it this weekend, then throw in that it was all in Spanish.  But what I did get from it was pretty good!  I LOVE conference!!

It was also super great that I did have the opportunity to watch it in Mexico, in Spanish, with people from my stake.  Watching and being a part of the gospel being preached to everyone in their own tongue was a really special experience.  I just love these people!

Not much else is new though.  Just living the missionary life here in Mexico! 

Pues, Love you all tons!!! 

 - Hermana Skeen